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C. M. Rubin
C. M. Rubin ("Cathy") is a child and family health advocate, an author of children's books and non-fiction books, and a producer of factual films. Her fiction books include: Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me, and Ellie: The Perfect Dress For Me. Both books won numerous children's book awards, including the I Parenting Media Award, Family Fun Best Picture Book, Borders Original Voice, Children's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice Award, Bronze Gold Ink Award, and many others. C. M. Rubin's most recent book, The Real Alice in Wonderland -- A Role Model for the Ages, was written with the help of her daughter, Gabriella Rose Rubin. It is a comprehensive biography about the life of her relative, Alice Pleasance Liddell, who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), and the sequel, Through the Looking Glass (1871). Ms. Rubin is also producing a documentary about the life of Alice Liddell. Prior to becoming an author, she held various development and marketing positions at ITC Entertainment, EMI Films, RCA/Columbia Pictures, and Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures.

C. M. Rubin currently lives in New York City and Fairfield, Connecticut. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and was educated in various parts of the world, including Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. C. M. Rubin and her works have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, Parent Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, US Magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, and Family Magazine. In addition, she has been a featured guest on radio and television shows, both in the US and the UK.

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Entries by C. M. Rubin

Around the World in 30 Days - June 2015

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 11:21 AM

C. M. Rubin's Global Education Report

This past month, I spoke to education innovators around the world about topics ranging from improving city schools to inclusivity to the increasing importance of film festivals in the digital age. The perspectives were manifold and...

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Have You Heard About the Haring?

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Over a three-day period, 1000 CityKids from all 5 New York City Boroughs helped Keith Haring create CityKids Speak on Liberty, which exhibits the personal interpretations of what liberty meant to them.

Keith Haring, the globally renowned celebrity, artist and activist who socialized...

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The Best Ways a Teacher Can Demonstrate Leadership in the Classroom?

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 11:28 AM


Effective leadership in the classroom, according to Theo Wubbels (@thwubbels), one of the world's most respected experts in the area of teacher training and teacher-student relationships, "depends on healthy and productive interpersonal relationships between teachers and students. In such relationships, students...

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The Global Search for Education: Families, Schools and Communities

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:11 PM

"Increased awareness of the positive correlations between engaged parents/families and student achievement has led to a number of increased levels of activity at the school building, "community" and district level as well as increased state and federal guidance for improving parent/family engagement." --...
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And the Award Goes to... From Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 8:44 PM

"Film Festivals are still an important outlet for people to find great films. We were able to bring together a significant number of American indie and international films created with limited resources but still incredible art." (Bryce Renninger)

3,979 miles from...

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The Global Search for Education: Are You Inclusive?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 5:30 PM

"The most simple way for a small business to start implementing strategies for inclusivity is to employ experts or specialists you need for your business who have a disability. Then, taking into account the special needs of this specific person, you just have...
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Around the World in 30 Days

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 8:56 PM

Randi Weingarten, Cathy Rubin, Sandra Jackson-Dumont at the Oppi Festival in New York City

C. M. Rubin's Global Education Report

In May, I continued my conversations with thought leaders from China to New York who sketched out for me the conflicting overlaps between...

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The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - What are the quick ways to combat teacher stress in a classroom?

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 9:50 PM


Teachers report high levels of stress and low levels of autonomy according to a new survey of over 30,000 teachers in the United States: Quality of Worklife Survey.

Each month we ask our Top 12 Global Teacher...

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The Global Search for Education: Oppi-tunities for Parents

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Cathy Rubin and Randi Weingarten at
Oppi Festival Kick Off

Call me mad or just insanely curious, but I visited over 20 schools before I selected one for my kids. For me, the way I educated my kids was the...

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The Global Search for Education: A World of Oppi-tunities!

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 5:17 PM

The Oppi Festival pops up at Leman Manhattan School in NYC on May 15 and 16.

When Quincy Jones was chosen to produce "We Are The World" in 1985, the idea was that it would be a collective effort of the music...

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Around The World In 30 Days - April 2015

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:26 PM

C. M. Rubin's global education report

In April, I continued my conversations with thought leaders around the world on many topics including the role of standardized testing, global inequality, creativity, and innovation in our world today.

I saw first hand the amazing...

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The Global Search for Education: Digital

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:51 PM

"We live in a world now where anybody can ask any question anywhere and get thousands of answers within seconds, but it is up to the questioner to determine which of those answers are legit, which are false, which are intentionally misleading." --...
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The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - How do you balance preparation for high stakes assessments with teaching and learning in your classroom?

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 8:50 PM


The use of high-stakes achievement tests around the world have created controversy among teachers, parents, students, administrators, policy makers and heads of state. But whether or not you're a supporter of high-stakes testing, the fact remains that for now, these assessments exist;...

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The Global Search for Education: From Shanghai

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 6:58 PM

"In PISA 2009, we found that Chinese students don't like rote learning in math. Most teachers don't believe in rote learning and encourage students to be creative."
-- Zhu Xiaohu

Shanghai is the largest city in China; who in education is not...

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The Global Search for Education: 革新, Innovación, Innovation, ابتكار, Inovação, инновация, イノベーション, নবপ্রবর্তিত বস্তু, Innovazione!

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 10:04 PM

Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun - Past Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award Honorees

Winston Churchill once said, "Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."

Welcome to the age of innovation. Governments...

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The Global Search for Education: An Education in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 8:52 PM

"When I visited a local village, what everyone told me -- the chiefs, the parents, the children -- was that girls weren't in school because it was the boys that had a better chance of getting paid work in the future." -- Ann...
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The Global Search for Education: Can You Hear the Thunder?

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 9:14 AM

Creativity World Forum Oklahoma 2015 - All our Futures: Ideas That Matter

We can hear the thunder, Oklahoma City! At your resounding forum last weekend, your city illustrated loud and clear that creativity is alive. It is sweeping down the plains, an...

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The Global Search for Education: United States and Finland - Why are they so great?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 9:30 AM

"American scholars and their writings, like Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, have been influential in building the much-admired school system in Finland." -- Pasi Sahlberg

A little over 4 decades ago, Finland transformed its education system as part of the country's...

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Around the World in 30 Days - March 2015

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 8:23 PM

C. M. Rubin's global education report

In March, I continued my conversations with thought leaders around the world. The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence report from PISA was yet another wake up call to the status of gender...

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The Global Search for Education: Lessons from a City Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:47 PM

"Two things more than anything surprised me: first of all, the willingness of schools to support one another, even in a policy context that emphasizes competition; and second, the extent to which politics was such a massive barrier to the creation of a...
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